that is allowing the president to make these decisions. >> chris: juan, should president obama acknowledge, not, you know, do a mea culpa, i was wrong, but acknowledge that the surge made a difference and do you think he will? >> he might. i don't think it's necessary, although i'm very interested that i hear so much of this coming from republicans, because if you want to go down that road, well, then let's start talk about why we went in that war. most americans think gee, there were no weapons of mass destruction. it was a mistake to get into that war. it's damaged america moral authority to talk about pre-emptive wars. you know, what did we pre-empt? what did we accomplish there? did we stabilize the country? no. they have terrible sectarian violence, we thaw evidence of that this week. dysfunctional government. we're trying our best to justify the fact we lost 4,000 americans. it's unbelievable.